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Essian Commonwealth
Essian: Essiai Commensalocha
Latin: Res publica essiatica
Esse flag.png
Flag
Esseseal.png
Seal

Motto: "Imperium in Imperio" (Latin)
"A State within a State"

Anthem: La Fedelissima(Latin)
"The Faithful"

Map of the Essian Commonewalth.
Map of the Essian Commonwealth
(Clementines including Atlantis, Beiwing, Réma, Vespucciland, and Whesthampton)

Capital Réma
Largest city Réma (by population)
Cambridge (by land area)
Demonym Essian
Clementine
Languages Essian
English
Latin
Italian
Ethnic groups 35.2% Clementines
23.5% English
17.6% American
5.9% Czech
5.9% Norwegian
11.7% Other
Government Constitutional monarchy with advisory bodies
- Monarch Henry
- Heaminister Tarik Kârjasary
Legislature Parlamenzalochas
Formation 1 June 2015
- Instrument 5 June 2015
- Restoration 27 January 2017
Area 7.3 km2
Population 17 (2017)
Currency Microcoin (μ)
CGSC 4 (2017)
high
EPI 1.9 (2017)
medium
Time zone UCT
UCT-6 in Esse Proper,
UCT-6 in Stravinia,
UCT-7 in New Virginia
Website micronations.ml

Esse, officially the Essian Commonwealth (in Essian: Essiai Commensalocha), was an unrecognized state more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers. Founded in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Federated States of America, Esse gradually rose to become the foremost Houston sector micronation politically, diplomatically, and culturally. The Commonwealth claimed land internationally recognized as territory of the United States of America, claiming land in two U.S. states, Texas and Wyoming, and boasting a population of 20 as of December 2017. Following the state's restoration in January 2017, its capital had been Réma. Essian territory was divided between the Commonwealth and Uberquiesenberg, the two states collaboratively administering Hallia.[1]

Esse made up the most notable side of a seasoned history of micronations in the area surrounding Houston, Texas, and was the first micronation to be constructed in the region following the first dissolution of the Federated States of America. The state's restoration in January 2017 following a period as a Mercian colony brought about a renaissance in the sector lasting to the present day. The restoration also reformed Esse into an absolute monarchy, in sharp contrast to the democratic system used originally.[2]

In early 2018, a new Constitution was ratified which established the Commonwealth as a parliamentary democracy and elective constitutional monarchy. Executive and judicial power was vested in the Lordship (the head of state), with the head of government constitutionally designated as the Heaminister, Tarik Kârjasary of the Democrats was the third and final Heaminister, serving until the states eventual disestablishment in March 2018.

Etymology

"Esse" is most known in the English-speaking world for its relation to the Spanish and Latin languages. In the former, many know "Esse" as being pronounced as "Ese," with the second "e" using the vowel "a" sound. This is a common misconception over the pronunciation of "Esse," as the state clarifies it to be pronounced akin to the letter "S" is, "ehs."

The demonym used both to describe something belonging to Esse and in the noun for (referencing a person from Esse) is "Essian." The demonym was legally used in the nation's full name, the "Essian Commonwealth."

The suffix, "Commonwealth," has historical context from Esse's early period under an elected Lord Protector, when the nation was known as the Commonwealth of Esse. Despite changes in government structure since, the nation maintained the "commonwealth" title.

History

Early Commonwealth

A painting of Walenstadt, the location of the original claim of the Commonwealth of Esse.
During the final days of the Federated States of America, while members of said micronation were knowingly faced with impending collapse, Henry Twain, then-President of the Federated States, established the Sovereign Military Order of Esse in hopes of establishing a new micronation upon the collapse of the Federated States. The collapse of the Federal government happened as expected on 1 June 2015, and on the same day Twain declared the independence of the Commonwealth of Esse from, at the time Switzerland.

With the penning of the Essian Instrument of Government nearing completion, elections were held for the head of state, the Lord Protector. Twain was the only candidate, and won the election unanimously. While serving in this post he began to push for political development of Esse and the other members of the micronation lost interest and soon were assumed to have left and renounced citizenship. Strict regulations on citizenship and immigration were enforced following the passage of policy edicts around 24 June.

A formal declaration of Independence was not made, and it was stated their to be no intention for a declaration of independence as the initial Instrument of Government acted in its place. By 28 June, it was discovered there was confusion behind the name "commonwealth." Curiosity was sparked over whether or not Esse was attempting to become a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which they responded no, however to avoid any confusion, Lord Protector Weishaupt passed a decree "Declaring the State formerly known as the Commonwealth of Esse to henceforth be referred to as the People's Democratic Republic of Esse."

It was around this same time when Twain lost interest in Esse and micronationalism in general, and took an indefinite hiatus between August and December 2015, though not without several attempts to resurrect the Federated States.[3]

2016 onwards

A photograph outside Cambridge, Atlantis in May 2017. Cambridge has been the nation's largest city by land area since the reformations.
Twain - who was elected the first President of the Executive Council - soon became the only one interested in the project. Near March, Wu, Churchill, and others dropped out of the nation citing time restraints, leaving Twain as the only citizen of the Atlantic Commonwealth. There he proceeded to run the nation on his own for nearly two more months. It was sometime in this time frame when the Capital district was renamed Esse.

In December, the former members of the Federated States - led by Henry Twain - assembled in hopes of reincarnating the micronation which had passed earlier in the year. Work was done over the Christmas holidays to agree on a Constitution and structure. Despite wishes on the contrary by Twain, other members including Brandon Wu and John Churchill insisted that the group form a new name. The name chosen was the Atlantic Commonwealth, and the territory formerly occupied by Esse became part of the Capital district, with Twain as its Council Deputy.

Twain dissolved the Commonwealth on 5 May 2016. Essian territory was annexed by the State of Koss following the coups in the territories held by the Realms of Valdsland and Grand Duchy of St.Clemens. Twain was pronounced Prince Henry of Valites by the Anax of Koss. There, he formed what he the modern capital of Esse, Réma. A chunk of Valites was thereafter ceded to the Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Triarchal Crowns of the Disciples on 28 August, creating the Mercian Dominion of Esse and proclaiming Twain "Patrician-Viceroy Henry Clemens-Twain".

In December, due to inactivity, Twain was stripped of his Kossian citizenship and Valites was ceded back to the United States of America. Only shortly after, Twain returned to micronationalism. Following Twain's return to micronationalism, the reformation of the Commonwealth of Esse was announced; the recognized date of reformation became 27 January 2017. The Declaration of Restorationtherefore recognized the official dissolution of the Principality of Valites and the land's "independence from the nation's of its past."

By March 2017, the Essian Commonwealth had a total of 12 citizens and was running a variety of cultural projects, including the Amoena Simphonia and the Messenger. Twain had also been elected Vice Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational.[4] On 12 March the nation's first codified Constitution was ratified by decree from the Monarchy.[5]

On 20 March, James Reginald Frisch was appointed to serve as the Commonwealth's inaugural Heaminister; the Codes a Clementine, the fundamental delegatory document of Lord Henry's reign, was ratified shortly after. Political tensions within the nation grew to all-time highs as the Beiwing court decision was a failure, leading to mass calls for Constitutional amendment.

At this time the Frisch administration began to rapidly expand the nation's diplomatic relations. The Galveston summit saw the Treaty of Evansberg as its result, which saw the State of Galveston become a military protectorate of the Commonwealth. Shortly following, the Treaty of New Halyards was signed, which transformed Newton County into a jointly-administered county of Esse and Uberquiesenberg. The latter state also became a military protected state of the Commonwealth.

The June 2017 general election saw the Green Party of Esse win a majority of seats in the Parlamenzalochas and establish the Second Frisch administration following Frisch's supermajority reelection. The minority party, the Democrats, suffered a major loss and would continue to struggle due to inactivity for several months after.

In August 2017, as a major part of the Green platform, the Commonwealth ratified the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship originally negotiated at MicroCon 2017.

Beginning on the weekend of 25 August and continuing through the next week, Esse was struck by Hurricane Harvey,[6] marking the fledgling micronation's most catastrophic weather event. The Palazzo del Clement declared a state of disaster for six of the state's eight counties, the first being New Halyards, which sustained minor damages upon the storm's landfall only 18 miles northwards. Flooding throughout the region affected not only Esse, but also Zenrax, Paravia (through the State of Galveston), and Uberquiesenberg (through New Halyards).[7] Hurricane Harvey was later declared the costliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.[8]

Following Frisch's resignation in November 2017, Lord Henry took over the Healenship in interim fashion and formed the Commonwealth's third government. At the January 2018 election, Tarik Kârjasary was elected Heaminister and the Democrats received a supermajority in a reduced Parlamenzalochas.[9] Constitutional reforms were implemented early into Kârjasary's term, and with them, the political system of the Commonwealth was entirely re-organized. Among the main changes, the Essian monarchy became elective, and a parliamentary system replaced the absolutist form of government that had been in place since the Commonwealth's foundation.

In early February, the Lordship announced intentions to dissolve the Commonwealth, beginning with a referendum on potential dissolution on 10 February, which passed with 75 percent support. Over one month later, the "Farewell Act" was passed with a majority of votes in the Parlamenzalochas, immediately dismantling the Commonwealth.

Foreign relations

The Essian Commonwealth established and maintained foreign relations with other states through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, originally established in 2015 as the Association for the Establishment, Maintenance, and Moderation of Foreign Relations and Policy. Despite this, the authority to approve recognition, or for that matter any treaty, was left up to the Monarchy. All of the Commonwealth's foreign engagements were made through the MicroWiki community, albeit this was not a requirement. Original recognition of other states was established in 2015 upon the issue of the Instrument of Government, when eleven micronations were recognized in addition to the extension of recognition of all full United Nations member states and the Vatican City.

Historically, the Commonwealth had a central focus on relations with states such as Mercia, the Kingdom of Trebia, and the People's Republic of Bromenia, however at the time of reformation these focuses were shifted to have focus on states such as the State of Koss, Empire of Paravia, and the Republic of Mcarthia. Treaties of Mutual Recognition are usually signed in clusters, using a treaty standard which applies to most treaties. This standard was drawn from the Treaty of Mutual Recognition signed between the State of Koss and Empire of Paravia, written by then-Kossian Minister of Commerce Henry Clément.

Esse recognized and maintains diplomatic relations with the following nations and micronations at the time of its dissolution.

Administrative divisions

The Essian Commonwealth had been administered through two different systems of smaller administrative divisions over the course of its history. Originally, the Commonwealth was divided into one smaller County, known as 'Kastell County'. Upon the Declaration of Restoration's creation in January 2017, the Commonwealth reaffirmed the existence of Counties, also establishing Hundreds - administered by a 'Viceroy' appointed by the Monarch - and Ridings, administered directly by the Monarchy. The Commonwealth was divided into nearly 50 different administrative divisions throughout the month of February 2017, with a comprehensive map being constructed to determine the set borders of each division. All three of these divisions were later codified in the 2017 Constitution.

The 2018 Constitution established another three-tier system made up of Provinces, Boroughs and Parishes; this reform came with a series of mergers in the Houston sector counties.

Provinces

Provinces (in Essian: provinci) were the highest level of administrative division in the Essian Commonwealth. They were administered by Governors, who were directly appointed by the Parlamenzalochas with the consent of the Essian Monarchy. Local governments, led by the Governor, have mostly ceremonial powers and duties, notably regularly reporting the latest occurrences within their borders to the Monarchy and the Parlamenzalochas, though they also have the authority to alter national symbols, among several other less notable duties.

Once the 2018 Constitution was ratified in January 2017, Counties were merged and redesigned to suit the newly-adopted provincial structure. Corona, for example, was made up of the Counties formerly clustered together as the "Clementine counties." There were three provinces at the time of dissolution: Corona (the largest and most important, as it contained the Commonwealth's capital of Réma, Hallia (in English: New Halyards) and Sceiena (formerly known as New Virginia).

Boroughs and Parishes

Boroughs (in Essian: rioni) were one of two second-tier administrative subdivisions in the Essian Commonwealth. They were directly administered by the governors of the province to which they belong, and had no formal governments of their own defined in the 2018 Constitution. Boroughs were defined roughly as urban-based second-tier subdivisions, and as such were often organized into cities, such as in the instance of Réma, though cities had never been formally recognized by the federal government, and as such this was an informal designation. Parishes, to compare and contrast, held identical powers and organizational structures to Boroughs, the sole Constitutionally-defined difference between the two being that Parishes are normally non-urban-based second-tier subdivisions.

Flag Coat of Arms Name Capital Abbr Established Governor
Vespucciland.png
Essecoa.png

Corona

Réma CNA 27 January 2017 Lord Henry (I)
Italian Republic.png Italian Republic.png Borough of Réma RMA as Corona
Baravia flag.png Cambridge.png Borough of Cambridge CAM
Whesthampton.png Essian army.png Borough of Whesthampton WST
Flag Halyards Uber.png
New Halyards.png

Hallia

Oliveira NHY 25 May 2017 Newton von Uberquie (G)
Flag Halyards Uber.png New Halyards.png Borough of Oliveira OVA as Hallia
New virginia.png
Essecoa.png

Sceiena

Sceiena SCI 19 July 2017 Artemis Langford (G)
New virginia.png New virginia.png New Virginia Parish NVP as Sceiena

Government and politics

The Essian Commonwealth was a constitutional and quasi-absolute monarchy ruled by the House of Clément. Legally the throne was hereditary, however codified law enabled the monarch to appoint heirs in the line of succession granted they were not given precedence above hereditary claimants. Esse officially became an absolute monarchy in January 2017, however was de facto absolutely ruled since its establishment in June 2015, at which point the Lord Protector had been responsible for all progression politically and culturally in the Commonwealth. At the time of dissolution, HIllM Lord Henry was head of state as Monarch, therefore holding all privileges and duties coming with the office.[10]

Government

The Monarch was advised by the Parlamenzalochas of the Essian Commonwealth, an advisory body composed of advisors, wardens, and viceroys. The body only held powers delegated to it by the Constitution and the Monarch itself. The role of the Parlamenzalochas therefore was amended under different Monarchs; the Codes a Clementine defined the duty of the Parlamenzalochas under Lord Henry to be akin to that of an elected legislature, lead by a speaker known as the Heaminister.

The vast majority of executive and legislative power was exercised solely by the Monarch, with the Heaminister providing much political advice as nation's second-most-authoritative office-holder and, under the current Codes, its legal head of government; the Monarch was, de facto, head of state, and outside of the Codes was defined as head of government, as well. There was also a Supreme and a Constitutional Court, both which had significant however restricted powers in striking down laws which justices believed infringed on the human and political rights listed in the Commonwealth's Constitution and other important legal documents. The courts were composed of a Supreme Justice and a Chief Justice, respectively.

Law in the Essian Commonwealth revolved around the "Four Pillars:" Instrumento, Restassa, Constitucio, and Codes. These four legal documents formed the most basic principles of government and law in Esse, the format of the four documents establishing political structure in its entirety.

Administrative divisions had limited authorities - unless given more autonomy by the Constitutional court - regarding self-governance. Counties, the highest level of administrative division in the Essian Commonwealth, were each granted a Warden to represent them in the Parlamenzalochas, though they were given nothing more than this in terms of autonomy. Hundreds and Ridings were given less autonomy, with no individual leaders for each (though Hundreds were collectively managed by the office of the Viceroy). Cities and towns both had no autonomy, however were incorporated for population-clustering and census purposes.

Ministries

At the forefront of the Parlamenzalochas was the Heaminister's term, composed of advisers to his person known as Ministers who were selected from a pool of candidates in the Parlamenzalochas. Each minister was in charge of a specific ministry or other publicly-operated agency, and barring any resignation or impeachment, ministers traditionally served until the end of the incumbent Heaministerial term. Below is a list of ministries operating under the Kârjasary Term.

  • Treasury - Led by the Chancellor, the responsible for the Commonwealth's national bank and the levying of taxes.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the coordination of relations with other nations.
  • Ministry of Culture - Led by the Minister for Culture in conjunction with the Lord, responsible for the development of cultural development.
  • Ministry of Cartography - Led by the Minister of Cartography, responsible for the mapping, reporting, and designing of the borders and land of the Essian Commonwealth.
  • Ministry of Charities - Led by the Minister of Charities, responsible for humanitarian works in the Commonwealth.

Political parties

While political parties had never played a major part of politics in the Essian Commonwealth, there had been several political parties in the Commonwealth's history. The longest-living party, the True Republican Party (TRP), was created as an Essian nationalist party during the days of Weishauptism. This ideology evolved into what, in 2016, became known as Essian nationalism and Lennonism. The True Republican Party, after a short revival in the early months of 2017, was disestablished and replaced with the Lennonist Partite a Essia (Lennonist Party of Esse). The third party system came into effect with the foundation of the Green Party of Esse and the the Democrats.

At the time of dissolutoin, the Greens and the Democrats were the only active political parties in the Essian Commonwealth.

Party Logo Abbreviation Leader Founded Position Colours Seats
The Greens Greenparty.png G Newton von Uberquie 12 June 2017 Federalism Green
2 / 8
The Democrats Democrats2.png D Tarik Kârjasary 27 January 2017 Essian nationalism Blue
4 / 8
Independent IND None 1 June 2015 None White/Gray
2 / 8

Members of final Government

Law and order

Logo of the Essian Armed Forces.

The Essian Commonwealth's foremost authority in keeping law and order in the state's territories was by way of the Constable's Office, which had existed since its establishment in June 2015. The Constables had the stated duty of day-to-day maintenance of domestic law in the Commonwealth. The Essian Armed Forces, on the other hand, played a ceremonial role in Esse up until the creation of several military protectorates in 2017, when the Essian Armed Forces organized into divisions to defend the nation from foreign and disastrous domestic threats.

The Essian Armed Forces had three divisions: one in Esse, another in Uberquiesenberg, and the third in the State of Galveston.

Geography

General characteristics

The Essian Commonwealth shared borders with two other states. The largest border area is shared with the United States of America, the nation holding sovereign claim over Essian territory. A smaller border was shared with both the Paravian State of Galveston. In the past, borders had been shared with the Republic of Galveston, Realms of Valdsland, and Mercia.

A view of Newton County in April 2017.
Throughout the territory of the Essian Commonwealth there were three defined regions. Firstly, the central region of the Commonwealth was known as the Clementines, and was the location of the vast majority of divisions and cities in the Essian Commonwealth. The second region was Southern Essia, which was the lower region and which contained New Halyards[11]. The third region, known as Upper Essia, was the northern region which contained the Counties of Stravinia and New Virginia.

Climate

The climate of the majority of Esse was similar (and in fact essentially identical) to that of its urban American neighbor, Houston. The climate was classified as humid subtropical. August normally ranked as the warmest month at 84.6°F and January the coldest month at 53.1°F. Temperature was measured in degrees Fahrenheit.[12] The current Essian lord, Henry, has often publically described the region as akin to a "swamp".

The normal annual precipitation measured 49.77in. Occasional severe weather of Houston mostly took the form of flooding. Supercell thunderstorms sometimes brought tornadoes to the area, most commonly during spring. Esse occasionally experienced tropical cyclones during the Atlantic hurricane season, which can bring heavy rain and significant damage to the city. The last hurricane to hit the Commonwealth was Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Most of the Commonwealth was located in the Gulf coast of the United States.

Climate data for the Clementine Sector (Intercontinental Airport), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 28.9
(84)
32.8
(91)
35.6
(96)
35
(95)
37.2
(99)
41.7
(107)
40.6
(105)
42.8
(109)
42.8
(109)
37.2
(99)
31.7
(89)
29.4
(85)
42.8
(109)
Average high °C (°F) 17.17
(62.9)
19.06
(66.3)
22.78
(73.0)
26.44
(79.6)
30.17
(86.3)
33
(91.4)
34.28
(93.7)
34.72
(94.5)
32.06
(89.7)
27.78
(82.0)
22.5
(72.5)
17.94
(64.3)
26.5
(79.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 11.72
(53.1)
13.56
(56.4)
17.06
(62.7)
20.83
(69.5)
24.94
(76.9)
28
(82.4)
29.11
(84.4)
29.22
(84.6)
26.56
(79.8)
21.94
(71.5)
16.83
(62.3)
12.44
(54.4)
21.06
(69.9)
Average low °C (°F) 6.22
(43.2)
8.06
(46.5)
11.39
(52.5)
15.22
(59.4)
19.78
(67.6)
23.06
(73.5)
23.94
(75.1)
23.78
(74.8)
21
(69.8)
16.06
(60.9)
11.17
(52.1)
7
(44.6)
15.56
(60.0)
Record low °C (°F) -15
(5)
-14.4
(6)
-6.1
(21)
-0.6
(31)
5.6
(42)
11.1
(52)
16.7
(62)
12.2
(54)
7.2
(45)
-1.7
(29)
-7.2
(19)
-13.9
(7)
-15
(5)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 85.9
(3.38)
81.3
(3.20)
86.6
(3.41)
84.1
(3.31)
129.3
(5.09)
150.6
(5.93)
96.3
(3.79)
95.5
(3.76)
104.6
(4.12)
144.8
(5.70)
110.2
(4.34)
95
(3.74)
1,264.2
(49.77)
Sunshine hours 143.4 155.0 192.5 209.8 249.2 281.3 293.9 270.5 236.5 228.8 168.3 148.7 2,577.9
Source: Data retrieved from Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia. retrieved August 2017.
Climate data for New Halyards (Corpus Christi Int'l), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.8
(91)
36.1
(97)
38.9
(102)
38.9
(102)
39.4
(103)
41.7
(107)
40.6
(105)
41.7
(107)
42.8
(109)
38.3
(101)
36.7
(98)
32.8
(91)
42.8
(109)
Average high °C (°F) 19.39
(66.9)
21.33
(70.4)
24.39
(75.9)
27.61
(81.7)
30.33
(86.6)
32.72
(90.9)
33.94
(93.1)
34.67
(94.4)
32.28
(90.1)
29.11
(84.4)
24.44
(76.0)
20.22
(68.4)
27.56
(81.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.94
(57.1)
15.83
(60.5)
18.94
(66.1)
22.44
(72.4)
25.72
(78.3)
28
(82.4)
28.83
(83.9)
29.28
(84.7)
27.28
(81.1)
23.61
(74.5)
18.94
(66.1)
14.72
(58.5)
22.28
(72.1)
Average low °C (°F) 8.44
(47.2)
10.28
(50.5)
13.5
(56.3)
17.22
(63.0)
21.11
(70.0)
23.28
(73.9)
23.78
(74.8)
23.89
(75.0)
22.22
(72.0)
18.22
(64.8)
13.44
(56.2)
9.22
(48.6)
17.06
(62.7)
Record low °C (°F) -10
(14)
-11.7
(11)
-4.4
(24)
0.6
(33)
7.2
(45)
13.3
(56)
17.8
(64)
17.8
(64)
11.1
(52)
-2.2
(28)
-2.8
(27)
-10.6
(13)
-11.7
(11)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 39.1
(1.54)
48.8
(1.92)
48
(1.89)
46.7
(1.84)
78
(3.07)
85.3
(3.36)
70.9
(2.79)
74.2
(2.92)
126.2
(4.97)
92.5
(3.64)
50
(1.97)
46.2
(1.82)
805.9
(31.73)
Sunshine hours 140.2 155.7 198.1 208.4 234.1 290.4 328.1 299.7 244.2 231.9 170.4 135.1 2,636.3
Source: Data retrieved from Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia. retrieved August 2017.
Climate data for Stravinia (Nashville Int'l), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.6
(78)
28.9
(84)
31.7
(89)
32.8
(91)
35.6
(96)
42.8
(109)
41.7
(107)
41.1
(106)
40.6
(105)
34.4
(94)
31.1
(88)
26.1
(79)
42.8
(109)
Average high °C (°F) 8.28
(46.9)
11
(51.8)
16.11
(61.0)
21.39
(70.5)
25.67
(78.2)
30
(86.0)
31.83
(89.3)
31.67
(89.0)
28
(82.4)
22.06
(71.7)
15.72
(60.3)
9.72
(49.5)
20.94
(69.7)
Average low °C (°F) -2
(28.4)
-0.22
(31.6)
3.89
(39.0)
8.61
(47.5)
13.78
(56.8)
18.56
(65.4)
20.83
(69.5)
20.22
(68.4)
15.94
(60.7)
9.39
(48.9)
4.11
(39.4)
-0.39
(31.3)
9.39
(48.9)
Record low °C (°F) -27.2
(−17)
-25
(−13)
-16.7
(2)
-5
(23)
1.1
(34)
5.6
(42)
10.6
(51)
8.3
(47)
2.2
(36)
-3.3
(26)
-18.3
(−1)
-23.3
(−10)
-27.2
(-17)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 95.3
(3.75)
100.1
(3.94)
104.4
(4.11)
101.6
(4.00)
139.7
(5.50)
105.2
(4.14)
92.5
(3.64)
80.5
(3.17)
86.6
(3.41)
77.2
(3.04)
109.5
(4.31)
107.7
(4.24)
1,200.2
(47.25)
Sunshine hours 139.6 145.2 191.3 231.5 261.8 277.7 279.0 262.1 226.4 216.8 148.1 130.6 2,510.1
Source: Data retrieved from Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia. retrieved August 2017.

Natural disasters

The Essian Commonwealth was effected by several natural disasters annually. These disasters are very diverse, with many forms of disasters ranging from droughts to hurricanes and tropical storms. This is due to, in a primary part, the micronation's location in the Gulf Coast region of the State of Texas.

The State of Texas is victim of abundant tornadoes annually. Though Esse was not located in the tornado alley region of the mid-United States, the Commonwealth was still in a zone where tornadoes are regarded as moderately common. Tornadoes have, in the past, struck several regions which are administrative divisions of the Commonwealth. Nonetheless, no significant damage from tornadoes has been recorded since the Commonwealth began recording weather records in April 2017.

Droughts, for the most part, had been uncommon since the 2010-13 Southern United States and Mexico Drought. This drought was extremely damaging, nonetheless, causing significant loss in plant life in the region now known as the Essian Commonwealth.

Perhaps the most damaging natural disasters in the Essian Commonwealth were storms. The region had been struck by hurricanes frequently in the past - causing significant damage - however up until 2017 (when Hurricane Harvey struck the region) no hurricane had hit the region since Hurricane Ike in 2008. Nonetheless, tropical cyclones were common, with one of the most significant for the region being Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

Throughout the Commonwealth's history, weather emergency warnings had been released on several occasions, mostly during or in preparation for dangerous thunderstorms. The landfall of Hurricane Harvey was the only occasion to have a state of disaster declared.

Culture

Music

Music was a considered the most important piece of culture in the Essian Commonwealth. This opinion had been generally agreed on by the Lord himself, in addition to several intermicronational figures. The culture had historically been fixated on music and its culture from the 1960s, with acts such as the Beatles and Bob Dylan playing fundamental roles. All four of the Beatles were considered national icons in their own right, though Paul McCartney was considered the Commonwealth's foremost national icon in that respect. Some acts from the Seventies are also included as notable figures, such as Paul McCartney & Wings, Billy Joel, and the Doobie Brothers.

In the Commonwealth's later period, Essian cultural influences had grown more modernized and more diverse within the commercial music realm. At the forefront of this shift had been notable alternative, garage, and indie rock groups, the most notable of which were Weezer, the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Black Keys. This shift, beginning in late 2017, became a large part of the Mountain Goat Plan, which aimed to greatly diversify Essian culture largely to mold alongside the Monarch's cultural influences. The Mountain Goat Plan was named after the indie folk band the Mountain Goats.

Art

An example of Essian art.
Essian art was often minimalistic and in the avant-garde style popularized in the 1960s. It was considered, by its creators, to be highly expressionist, often employing inspiration from religion, and spirituality. It drew inspiration from a wide range of concepts, however its simplistic drawing style was more or less recognized as not particularly skillful. It was often used as musical cover art, among other smaller uses, though it was not widely circulated and did not hold a particularly important role in Essian culture.

National holidays

Legislation in the Essian Commonwealth had defined sixteen nationwide holidays. Over the course of two separate royal decrees in February 2017, Lord Henry declared most all of the holidays, and established a definition for the meaning of a "national holiday." Essian holidays established official precedence for a temporary government shutdown, with potential exceptions. An example of an exception was when the Essian government resumed operations on Beatle Day for GUM Quorum.

The following list is a list of national holidays in the Commonwealth.

Name Date Notes
New Year's Day January 1 The celebration of the first day of the Gregorian year.
Beatle Day February 25 The celebration of the rock band the Beatles.
Saint Patrick's Day March 17 Celebration of the Saint Patrick.
Day of the Anax April 20 Commemoration of the Lord's time in the State of Koss.
Wingy Bear Day May 5 A day of tribute to the national personification character, Wingy Bear.
National Day June 1 Celebration of the foundation of the Commonwealth.
Saint Clement's Day June 14 The commemoration of the Grand Duchy of St.Clemens.
President's Day July 4 The celebration of the American Declaration of Independence.
Labour Day August 1 Commemoration of hard-working Essians.
Founders' Day August 3 Commemoration of the establishment of the Federated States of America.
Day of the Honourable September 11 Remembrance of the September 11 attacks.
Sixth of October October 6 Celebration of the history of the Commonwealth.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) November 18 Celebration of Lenny face.
Wings Day November 20 Celebration of the establishment of the United States of Wings.
Christmas Day December 25 Celebration of the Birth of Christ.
New Year's Eve December 31 The celebration of the last day of the Gregorian year.

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